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4:50 AM ET, August 28, 2006

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Aaron Ricadela / InformationWeek:
In Depth: Google Discloses Plans For Long-Awaited Office Suite, First Components Due This Week  —  Google will try to capitalize on collaboration options that Microsoft Office is lacking.  But Microsoft has its own plan to shore up the vulnerability.  —  For such sharp rivals …
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Google Office 'version 1.0' debuts  —  Google doesn't yet have an Office 2.0-a full suite of hosted productivity applications aimed at the Microsoft Office crowd, especially the small- and medium-sized firms-but starting tomorrow companies or organizations can deploy Google email, calendar …
Discussion: Newsome.Org and Read/WriteWeb
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Apps For My Domian, No Thank You  —  A few weeks ago, GigaOM got an invite for the beta version of the much anticipated Google Apps for Your Domain offering.  It seems like such a great idea for early stage companies like ours or small and medium sized businesses.
Discussion: Online Marketing Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Makes Its Move: Office 2.0  —  Google has deployed the first pieces of its upcoming Office suite.  They've launched Google Apps for your Domain, a set of Google services targeted to small and mid sized companies.  With the new service, companies can use Gmail, Talk, Calendar and Page Creator under a single control panel.
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Google to Offer Services for Businesses  —  Further extending its efforts beyond search technology, Google plans to announce Monday that it will offer software providing a range of online services for business users.  —  The company, which has gradually been adding to its arsenal of services …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google sticks its toe into enterprise waters (is Google hiding from bloggers?)  —  Remember on Friday when I was talking about big-company PR?  Yeah, Google went to the New York Times to leak tomorrow's announcement of new business-focused services.  Information Week got a good look too.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Web Office Vs Microsoft Office  —  Talk about being overcrowded... there are 17 different web-office upstarts that are trying to take on Microsoft Office, reports The Red Herring.  Joe Wilcox, an analyst with JupiterResearch explains that since people want to work anywhere …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Microsoft Office vs. Web 2.0 upstarts  —  Om Malik writes "Web Office vs. Microsoft Office", the market is very crowded with at least 17 web office up-starts, citing a Red Herring article.  Microsoft Office is the "gold standard" for office productivity applications, and has been for more than 15 years.
chumby.com:
the story of chumby  —  Chumby is different.  The chumby was not created in the design department of some big consumer electronics company.  Market analysis and focus groups were not performed.  Frankly, there wasn't very much traditional consumer electronics experience brought to bear at all.
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Christine Herron / Christine.net:
Announcing the Birth of Chumby
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SEO-PR:
Yahoo News temporarily takes Blogs beta offline to retool  —  So, what's going to happen to all the great bloggers who have inhabited the "Upper East Side" of Yahoo News SERPs since October 2005?  —  By Greg Jarboe  —  On Wednesday, August 23, queries for "Jill Carroll" …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yahoo Kills Blog Search?
Paul Miller / Joystiq:
Joystiq's own Chris G. sweats it out at the PAX new media panel  —  Our own Christopher Grant filled in today for an arguably hotter, but sadly absent, Frag Doll in PAX's "new media" panel on blogging, podcasts and other fancy publishing formats on them there Internets.
Discussion: Kotaku and Gamerscore Blog
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Internet time  —  Thanks Marc for the kind words.  —  Actually, there is lots that's new in what I'm doing now, except it was new in 1999, when I was doing it for the first time.  And as you can see from Bob Stepno's piece, the concept is as old as journalism.
Discussion: Bob Stepno's … and ben barren
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Mgreenly / Metaspot:
Another Pointless Scoble Rant  —  Scoble went on a witch hunt today because some one was scrapping his blog content and re-using it.  The problem is he's syndicating 100% of his content in his RSS feed.  Which means he's all but signed a letter of permission for the public re-use of this content.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Blogger says "it's OK to steal, if they use RSS"
Jon Fine / Fine On Media:
Lonelygirl15: A Likely Scenario  —  So late last week I made a bunch of phone calls and sent a bunch of emails and youtube messages regarding the ongoing soap opera of lonelygirl15—the allegedly home-schooled 16 year-old named Bree whose channel on youtube is, as of this writing, the most-viewed on the entire site today.
Discussion: Screens and Mathew Ingram
Matt Mullenweg / Akismet Blog:
Downtime  —  The stats code introduced yesterday had a bug which only triggered about 24 hours after it had launched.  It kicked in for different blogs at different times, but the result was that starting sometime last night you probably started to see really obvious spam getting past your Akismet filters.
Discussion: ProBlogger Blog Tips
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
An Open Letter to Microsoft - Why you shouldn't kill FairUse4WM  —  We know that you're already probably working to fix the, um, hole that's been discovered in Windows DRM 10/11, but we're going to ask you this anyway: please don't stop consumers from using FairUse4WM to remove copy protection from music they've downloaded.
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
EA executive hints of possible acquisition of Crytek  —  Chicago (IL) - A report published in a German newspaper today suggests that Electronic Arts (EA) could snuggle up with Crytek closer and beyond the distribution deal for the upcoming Crysis first-person-shooter.
Discussion: TechSpot and Neowin.net
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
What-Ifs of a Media Eclipse  —  P. Anthony Ridder in June, at the time he sold off Knight Ridder.  He has called that day a sad occasion.  —  WHEN P. Anthony Ridder met with Wall Street analysts in June last year for a routine financial review, he was the chief executive of the nation's second-largest newspaper company.
 
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